Posted by: Amie | February 6, 2009


Now, why does America care so much about Israel?

If you were raised in the U.S. like me, and also raised by a predominately Evangelical, Republican (read: white) family like me, most likely you were taught to always, under any and all circumstances, protect and support Israel. Why? Let’s begin:

First of all, everyone loved the war hero, Harry S. Truman. As president was the first president to recognize Israel as a nation. A proud supporter of the Zionist Movement, and with relations between the U.S. (along with Britain) and Palestine damaged when Germany, in exchange for support, had pledged to help Palestine gain independence from Britain, Truman gladly welcomed the State of Israel. Meanwhile, his Secretary of State, George Marshall had another take on the situation. He said, “If you (recognize the state of Israel) and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you.” Marshall feared that a relationship between the U.S. and Israel would cause alienation and anger Muslim nations and ultimately limit access to Middle Eastern oil. In 1949, George Marshall resigned from the State Department.

There has since been lots of talk that Harry SOLOMON Truman was also a “secretive” Jew, and/or that he was bribed to recognize Israel, and did so. However, he was later called an anti-Semite. I think you could pretty much gather that the Zionist movement, by some, was actually an effort to use (We’ll get to that in a minute. Hint: oil) and dispose of unwanted Jews wandering about West Europe. After all, if someone actually cared to house them after the Holocaust, the could have offered them homes rather than sending them off, to what they considered, a desolate wasteland they had simply lying about.

Regardless of fact or fiction, the United States took great interest in developing oil-rich nations and keeping the Soviets out of them. Thus, they provided Israel and other countries interested in preventing a Soviet take over with weapons and cash. Israel is still on top of the list of American foreign aid contributions today.

Now, most people would agree that government is controlled by lobbyists and people with money, and most of those people with money have Jewish ties, and therefore Israeli interests. I’ve already babbled about into heavy political conspiracy theory (in the last post), so I’d like to point out some tidbits from Biblical history and encourage you to do your own research while dispelling a few Evangelical myths. Shall we?:

  • Jerusalem and Bethlehem are important – the birth/death place of Jesus, yadiyadah. And as we also know from the Bible, the Jews are “God’s chosen people.” Who better to protect Jesus’ old stomping grounds than those chosen by God, right? Okay, so that’s what they tell you in church. They also tell you, love thy neighbor, to be just, not to steal – all these things – but those are easier to ignore, aren’t they?
  • Christians argue in the defense of Zionism by saying that in the Old Testament, the Jews were expelled from Israel, but that God sent prophesy that they would be allowed to return. This is true. It happened in the book of Ezra and in the whereabouts of 538 B.C., not in 1948. Now, before you say, “well, what about the writings of Ezekiel and Jeremiah?” you need to know that the books of the Bible are not printed in the order in which they were written (they’re not chronological). While both books appear in the Bible after Ezra,  Ezekiel was written about 571 B.C. and in Jeremiah written about 687-576 B.C. – both before the time in which the Jews returned from Babylon.
  • Then comes Jesus. Now, most know that Jews, unless of the Messianic persuasion, do not accept Jesus as the Messiah, let alone their personal savior. In Luke 13:34 Jesus talks about wanting to save the Jews from their ways and mourns over them saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’
  • Then, Jesus himself, in Luke 21:20 “And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know its desolation is near…22. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written…24. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
  • Of course, Christians also believe the end times will come when the temple is rebuilt – but it’s been rebuilt and destroyed, and as we see in Luke (as I previously mentioned), until that “every knee shall bow” thing happens, and I don’t think it has, we don’t really have to worry about Revelations.
  • But we’ll talk about Revelations anyway. John spoke about two different Israels, neither of them being the State of Israel we have today. He spoke of those who are “adopted” chosen ones (Christians/Gentiles/Messianic Jews) an “Israel of God,” and those that have yet to accept Jesus (the Jews), an “Israel according to flesh.” In a book whose contents have stumped the greatest of theological scholars when it mentions things like beasts and candlesticks, which are largely heralded as “representations for something else,” why do pastors, theologians and other clerics simply take “Israel” to mean the nation that stands today? It’s a mystery.
  • And of course, my personal favorite: That whole line of, “those that bless Israel will be blessed and those that curse Israel will be cursed,” is not in the Bible at all. What is in the Bible is in Genesis when God speaks to Abram (Abraham) and says (12:3), “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.” Did you see any mention of Israel/Zion/other hoodyhah in there? No. This was a message from God to Abraham, the man, the messenger sent to lead God’s people to righteousness. People believe so heavily in this “blessing Israel” thing that they will base their entire voting ticket on those who “rightly” support Israel in hopes that America will flourish. America was prominent nation before 1948, and has continued to be so…(in some ways), and as we see, regardless of our support of Israel, we still suffer ups and downs of any nation.

My whole point of this series was not to embed my own theories, but to get people thinking. I too was once one of the fervent Israel supporters, but once I asked myself, “why?!,” I couldn’t come up with a decent answer. I’m sure I’m not alone.


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